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Legal Update

At Drew & Napier, we provide legal updates and publications on the latest legal and regulatory developments that matter to our clients and friends.

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Note: The legal updates and publications on this site are for general information only and should not be considered legal advice.

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  • Intellectual Property Update: Patent Prosecution Highway

    18 December 2014
    The Patent Prosecution Highway (“PPH”) is a programme that allows for the sharing of search and examination results between participating patent offices. The goal is to allow applicants in participating countries to obtain corresponding patents quickly.
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  • Amendments to the Companies Act: amendments relating to directors

    8 December 2014
    This article is the fourth and last in a series of legal updates relating to the amendments to the Singapore Companies Act to be effected by the Companies (Amendment) Act 2014. This Legal Update discusses the amendments and related issues in the following areas which pertain to directors: (a) shadow directors; (b) appointment of directors; (c) qualifications of directors; (d) disqualification of directors; (e) vacation of office and removal of directors; (f) payment of compensation for loss of office; (g) supervisory role of directors; (h) directors’ fiduciary duties; (i) disclosure of company information by nominee directors; and (j) indemnity for directors.
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  • Breaking Chocolate News: Shaping the Law on Registrability of Trade Marks

    5 December 2014
    This update discusses the High Court’s decision in the case of Societe Des Produits Nestle SA and another v Petra Foods Ltd. Nestle SA (“Nestle”) filed a suit in 2012 claiming that "Take It", a series of rectangular-shaped wafer products made by Petra Foods Ltd infringed on Nestle's trade mark rights and copyright.
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  • New Tripartite Guidelines on Extending the Scope of Union Representation for Executives

    5 December 2014
    This update discusses amendments to the Industrial Relations Act and the new Tripartite Guidelines on Extending the Scope of Union Representation for Executives.
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  • Amendments to the Companies Act: (1) multiple-vote shares and non-voting shares; (2) electronic register of members

    27 November 2014
    This update is the third in a series of updates discussing the amendments brought about by the Companies (Amendment) Bill 2014 and discusses two of the significant amendments to the Companies Act, which are: (a) to allow public companies to issue multiple- vote equity shares and non-voting shares; and (b) to implement the electronic online register of members of private companies.
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  • Protection from Harassment Act 2014 Comes Into Effect

    27 November 2014
    This update reports recent developments on the status of the Protection from Harassment Act 2014 in Singapore. It discusses the application of the Protection from Harassment (Exempt Class of Persons) Order 2014 and the Protection from Harassment (Public Service Worker) Order 2014.
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  • New Guidelines and Proposed Regulations for the Healthcare Sector

    11 November 2014
    This article discusses some of the recent developments in the healthcare regulatory landscape in Singapore, namely: (a) the draft Human Biomedical Research Bill; (b) the proposed subsidiary legislation for the transfer of regulatory controls of certain pharmaceutical products to the Health Products Act, issued by the Health Sciences Authority (as part of its public consultation); (c) the Advisory Guidelines of the Healthcare Sector issued by the Personal Data Protection Commission; (d) the draft home care and centre-based care guidelines, issued by the Ministry of Health (as part of its public consultation).
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  • Amendments to the Companies Act – Power of directors to bind companies

    29 October 2014
    This update is the second in a series of legal updates discussing the amendments brought about by the Companies (Amendment) Bill 2014. It discusses the amendments relating to the power of directors to bind a company, including the new sections 25B, 25C and 25D.
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  • Amendments to the Companies Act – Impact on corporate transactions

    17 October 2014
    This update discusses the amendments brought about by the Companies (Amendment) Bill in the following key categories of corporate transactions and the potential issues which stakeholders may face in practice.
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  • Re-employment of Employees & Constructive Dismissal Claims

    17 October 2014
    This update reports the Tripartite Committee on Employability of Older Worker’s recommendations in raising the re-employment age from 65 to 67, and the Singapore Court of Appeal decision of Wee Kim San Lawrence Bernard v Robinson & Co (Singapore) Pte Ltd [2014] SGCA 43 that serves as an important reminder to employers, when deciding on termination of employee matters, to be mindful of any conduct that could give rise to a breach of the mutual trust and confidence between employers and employees.
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